Patellar Tendonitis is commonly related to jumping and repetitive running, most often seen in basketball players. The pain is aggravated by jumping and running and not typically related to any single traumatic event.
Most athletes will respond to nonoperative treatment and should begin an exercise program with focus on stretching and strengthening of the quadriceps. Surgery is rarely required but is usually followed by 3 to 6 months of recovery.
Athletes returning following nonoperative treatment rarely improve before six weeks. Chronic symptoms are not uncommon and often require repetitive treatment.